Here is a list of some of the most iconic mustache styles out there.
When people start growing facial hair, the first two things that come to their mind is mustache and beard styles. After all, what's the fun in growing an unkempt mustache? If you are growing it, you might as well do it right!
Mustaches have been made iconic by people who have sported them over the years. Some of the most unforgettable mustaches were those sported by Christopher Lee, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, and of course, our beloved, Charlie Chaplin.
Here are some of the most famous and loved styles.
Undoubtedly one of the most common styles, a chevron is an easy style to maintain. It is thick and wide and covers most of your upper lip.
It is a very classy looking mustache and can be carried off by practically anyone. A chevron may also be worn in a light stubble instead of the usual thick facial hair.
Example - Burt Reynolds in Hooper.
Another very common style, the handlebar requires time and maintenance. But the handlebar still enjoys worldwide popularity. The handlebar is a normal mustache that may be grown to the edges of your lips and then twirled upwards.
To maintain the perfect handlebar mustache, you need to regularly keep twirling the ends of the mustache and shave out any facial hair around it so that it looks prominent and clean.
Example - Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York.
This is a really tricky one. Looks simple to maintain, but only people who have it or unsuccessfully tried to have it know the intricacies of maintaining this style.
For starters, the walrus won't grow on just anyone. You need to have very thick facial hair to start with. And the mustache requires quite a lot of maintenance as well to make it look good.
Example - Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I.
It requires a lot of character to carry this one off. The toothbrush mustache looks like the head of the toothbrush, complete with the bristles.
The toothbrush was sported by Adolf Hitler and till date looks and symbolizes as being villainous.
Example - Charlie Chaplin
It is a thin mustache which covers the lip and then tapers down to the chin (and sometimes, below the chin). The part that tapers down is not grown around the mouth, but is grown over the mouth and maintained so that it hangs down.
It'll take you a while to grow and maintain this mustache, but is a good style for those who do not have thick facial hair.
Example - Christopher Lee in The Brides of Fu Manchu.
The Horseshoe is a mustache similar to the fu manchu, the only difference being that the horseshoe is slightly thicker and grows on the face, instead of hanging from above the mouth.
A horseshoe mustache requires a bit maintenance as it needs to be clipped a lot of times for it to look good. The horseshoe is one of the best styles for black men as well!
Example - Hulk Hogan
The pencil is a well-clipped mustache that looks no different than a line drawn with a pencil. A pencil requires a lot of maintenance as the area around it needs to be shaved very carefully and very often.
You can maintain a pencil style mustache in several shapes. You could go for the straight line, or a slightly tilted line or one which outlines the lips.
Example - John Waters
The imperial is a mustache, which can be grown by few and maintained, by even fewer. The imperial grows over the upper lip and can be extended to the cheeks as well. You can experiment with this kind of mustache and style it pretty much any way you want to!
So these were some of the most common and loved mustaches for you. You can choose one of these styles which will make you look really cool!